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Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this heartbreaking story about family, loss, and the joys and disappointments of first love.

Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him. Over the course of the summer, Bettina falls in love with Brady … and with the new freedom that comes along with him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina, or “Beta,” as he nicknames her.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean losing her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that her breath catches when he smiles, or that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charmingly written, Connor’s book delves deep into the minds of its characters: the abused heroine, the abusive boyfriend, her overprotective Greek parents, and the game-changing new guy.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “A shy, overprotected girl is the focus of this character study of a victim of physical abuse…The book’s examination of abusive relationships is cleareyed and instructive. Romance fans who happen upon this will find an absorbing portrait of abuse and recovery.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Beautifully capturing the intensity of first love, Connor draws readers into a world filled with Greek culture and punctuated by upsetting moments of abuse.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compulsively readable…satisfying.”

    School Library Journal

  • “With compassion and respect, author Connor explores the ways in which loving relationships can get twisted into cycles of misery.”


  • “A girl who can’t find her way out of an abusive relationship finds herself longing for an impossible one. Unforgettable with moments I wanted to reach in and hug sweet Bettina. An unforgettable book every girl should read. ”

    Jen Bigheart, outreach supervisor, Westbank Community Libraries

  • “Watching Bettina push against the boundaries of her strict home life to venture into relationships is like watching a lengthening crack in your windshield. You know that it won’t end well, but you want to see how far it goes. This book is definitely worth the heartbreak.”

    Collette Morgan, owner of Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

  • “This is a significant book that deserves a wide readership. I love the way Connor shows the very small steps that lead to love, but what makes this an exceptionally fine read is our growing awareness that these very same steps also lead to a much darker places. Bettina learns that love is not simple—not for her, not for her family, and not even for the star high school basketball player that everyone loves.”

    Ed Spicer, librarian

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